Cherry Truffle Abduction | Pipeworks Brewing Company

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Cherry Truffle AbductionCherry Truffle Abduction

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Pipeworks Brewing Company
Illinois, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of mfnmbvp
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. Batch #259 260 printed on the label. The fourth variant of the signature stout from the masters at Pipeworks; expectations are fairly high since I've enjoyed the hell out of the others and because Pipeworks brews one hell of a stout. My bottle lists an 11.00% abv.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours just over two fingers of thick creamy mocha head on top of an opaque black colored body. Small streaks of lacing. Looks pretty nice.

S - Smell is dark and roasty: chocolate, cream, tart cherry juice, with some indistinct spice character, some alcohol fumes, and some earthy / grassy / vinous smells going on as well. Cacao is apparent, so is the cherry, but I'm not picking up on any vanilla.

T - Taste follows the nose: dark roasty chocolate, mildy tart dark cherry, almost a dark chocolate raspberry taste. Again, not pulling any vanilla through on the taste.

M - Feel is smooth & creamy, with some powdery cacao bitterness on the finish. Light fruity sweetness / tartness lingering.

Overall, this was probably my least favorite of the variants of this beer. I was hoping for more of a cherry tartness like I experienced in the Bell's Cherry Stout, and definitely at least some some semblance of vanilla. Well enough for what it is, but it's more of a dark chocolate cherry taste than tart, which is the route I was hoping this beer would take. Still delicious; another great stout from Pipeworks, well worth the money. Glad to have tried it.

Pipeworks Cherry Truffle Abduction ---4/5.

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Photo of emerge077
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Split 3 ways, ended up with at least 12-14 oz.

Brownish black when poured, creamy mocha goam billows up on the initial pour. A small amount of lace, tiny flecks around the edges. Surface is glassy and still after a few minutes.

Aroma is roasty, with a subdued hint of dried cherry.

Taste is a little more fruit forward, the cherry comes across as dried fruit, lending a mellow tartness and natural flavors, tied up nicely with the roasty, chocolatey imperial stout base. Low carbonation, cherry lends a light acidic tartness which is expected.feel is smooth and not really boozy at all. In the series this may be the better of the fruited versions, though the coffee still gets my vote.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep opaque brown with a small lasting tan ring lacing. The aroma shows chocolate-covered cherry fruit and pit notes, heavy chocolate and toffee, alcohol, nuts, tobacco and leather. The taste is quite sweet, nearly cloying with heavy fruity overtones. The base Abduction is almost lost this beer, I wished for a somewhat cherried version of the Coffee Break Abduction where the coffee bitterness could offset some of the sweetness and fruity overtones. Medium mouthfeel. Overall, a tad disappointing.

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Photo of brewcrew76
3.89/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Batch 204/5

A - Deep brown, black with a ruby tinge and a thin brown head with spritzy looking bubbles.

S - Espresso, vanilla, roasted malt, light sweet cherry, fudge.

T - Vanilla, sweet cherry, a strong medicinal flavor that passes quickly, dark chocolate, cacao nibs, the cherry turns tart but then finishes sweet with a long lasting rich chocolate covered cherry note.

M - Medium body with low to moderate carbonation. Feels almost acidic in the middle but finishes with a lingering sweetness.

D - The cherry isn't as smooth as I would like but a solid beer overall.

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Photo of csparace
3.86/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Smell (4.50) – Chocolates, coffee, and a touch of cherry. Really awesome smell that has me excited.

Appearance (4.25) – Thin pour. Flat black color with a fluffy chocolate head of tiny bubbles.

Taste (3.50) – Coffee at the front. Cherry is hard to find but there – kind of like the OTA. Chocolates really come out in the body. The finish has the hints of cherry but is almost overcome by coffee.

Mouthfeel (3.75) – This is where I think the cherry comes out. There a somewhat acidic feel that reminds me of cherry consumption. Seconds, even a minute or so after the sip it feels light and potentially fruity. It even feels slightly boozy – but I'm not sure if that's the cherry speaking or the 11%.

Overall (3.75) – I thought this one would lean on the RTA side of the spectrum but tended to be much more like the OTA. You can hardly get the cherry – which for this beer series seems to be the draw. It is nothing like the in your face awesome raspberryness that is RTA.

Batch 204/5

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Photo of Vonerichs
4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pitch black with a huge fluffy mushroom cloud of a head that threatens to overflow but somehow keeps it together.

I use this comparison with all the abduction variants so why stop now; it smells like a cherry tootsie pop. Sweet artificial cherry and fudge. Light coffee.

Sweet cherry, bitter chocolate, coffee, and anise. There is an off putting aftertaste that's both tinny and cardboard.

Medium body if not light for the style. Mild carbonation. Sweet.

Another solid abduction variant but probably my least favorite of the bunch.

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Photo of KFBR392
4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours with a medium to heavy body. Thin light brown head. Sit black in the glass. Little to no carbonation active in the glass while drinking.

Smell: The front is a dark espresso, vanilla, and roasted malt. The cherry is faint but brightens up the aroma. The vanilla continues to open up as this beer warmed up. Bitter dark chocolate is present plentifully in the body as well.

Taste: The front is a creamy vanilla bean flavor. Some of the cherry sweetness picks up in the body and has a slight synthetic/medicinal flavor. Not much but enough to be noticed. The cherry and bitter chocolate provide an interesting finish which leaves a slight funk on the palate. The aftertaste is dark chocolate and coffee.

Mouthfeel: The front is creamy and smooth and the finish is slightly funky and spicy on the palate.

Overall: These abductions continue to be quality brews. The cherry is subdued and sweet but can definitely be found. I loved the vanilla bean accents, really rounded out the overall flavor of this brew. Some slight hiccups still here, but these abductions continue to improve.

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Photo of kawilliams81
4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a snifter.

Pours dark brown with a 2 finger dark tan head. Lots of small bubbles speckle the glass.

Sweet chocolate, vanilla, light cherries, some roast.

Bitter chocolate, vanilla, light tart cherry, light coffee and roasted malts. Something about the roast/coffee and tart cherries leaves me with a slight metallic, rust flavor.

Another good abduction beer, but was hoping for much more. Like I said the cherries leave a weird metallic flavor for me. Was hoping for more of a clean cut cherry flavor with chocolate.

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Photo of timc100
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Awesome they brewed this will vanilla beans also. Pours ruby tinged dark brown and sits midnight black in the glass with a creamy, dark mocha-brown head. The cherry does not pop out intensely in the aroma, but it is definitely there. Big dark chocolate bitterness and some medium roast coffee beans. The vanilla addition yields more of a milk chocolate and lighter roast coffee. The cherry blends very well - a tart and sweet cherry presence cuts through the chocolate and coffee. As it warms it all jells better and surprisingly some citrus hoppiness that come through. The vanilla is not noticeable on its own, but it's influence is felt through each flavor. Alcohol is completely hidden.

Awesome addition to the abduction crew!

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